When the South African runner Caster Semenya won the women’s 800m gold at Rio, her critics renewed the debate about her gender. This New York Times story
takes a comprehensive look at the controversy surrounding the athlete.
Semenya has been through sex tests. Many feminist thinkers abhor them. Quite, frankly, they are as controversial as some of the athletes that have been subjected to them. This beautiful piece in The New York times Magazine
looks at the history of sex-testing in sport. It’s got science, sport and history all blended in perfectly.
Thanks to the scientific and medical communities, there’s been some awareness about transgender people. In January this year, Scientific American Mind
dedicated an entire issue to transgender kids. In this piece,
journalist Francine Russo digs up studies that have shown that brains of transgender people are somewhat different from those of men and women. Growing up as a transgender kid can be hard. Parents and teachers are confused how to help these youngsters. This recent Proto magazine piece
looks at new ways doctors are trying to help these individuals come to terms with their gender situation.